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See also: Homonym
homonym (plural homonyms)
- (semantics, strict sense) A word that both sounds and is spelled the same as another word but has a different meaning.
- (loosely) A word that sounds or is spelled the same as another word but has a different meaning, technically called a homophone (same sound) or a homograph (same spelling).
- (taxonomy) A name for a taxon that is identical in spelling to another name that belongs to a different taxon.
- Homonyms (in the looser sense) are divided into the two overlapping subcategories homographs and homophones. Examples:
word with the same sound or spelling but different meaning